French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) tours an exhibition of 50 artworks from the Louvre, on March 5, 2018 at the National Museum in central Tehran, the first major show by a Western museum in the Iran's history. / AFP / ATTA KENARE
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After a day of tough talking in Tehran Monday, France's foreign minister and one of Iran's vice presidents ambled through the halls of the National Museum of Iran to admire a collection of artworks on loan from the Louvre in Paris.Relations between Iran and France have grown fraught of late, rattled by the uncertain future of the Iran nuclear accord and French concerns over Tehran's ballistic missile tests and military activities in the Middle East.France has historically had a less fractious relationship with Iran than either Britain or the United States.The brick building of the National Museum of Iran, which opened in 1937, was designed by two French architects influenced by Iran's Sassanian heritage.
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